Prairie Post (West Edition)

Woman accused in hostage incident in Lethbridge has charges adjourned

- By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman Alberta Newspaper Group -with files from Al Beeber

A 40-year-old Lethbridge woman accused of entering Lethbridge Legal Guidance on July 14 and taking hostages had her matters adjourned in Lethbridge provincial court July 22.

Lethbridge lawyer Colin Koerselman appeared in Lethbridge provincial court last Friday as agent for Claudia Connolly who will be representi­ng Courtney Louise Shaw, to seek an adjournmen­t to Aug. 3 to be able to have contact with the client and discuss her matters.

Shaw remains in custody as the Crown remains opposed to her release.

Shaw is facing numerous charges including one count of attempted murder, aggravated assault, taking a hostage, use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, four counts of unlawful confinemen­t, four counts of uttering threats and three counts of assault with a weapon.

According to informatio­n released by the LPS, a female suspect entered Lethbridge Legal Guidance on the 400 block of 5 St. S. on July 14 where four employees were present and asked to speak to a specific lawyer.

After being told that lawyer wasn’t available, the suspect asked to use a washroom and after about 10 minutes, she came out and pointed a black handgun at two employees and threatened to kill them.

One staffer was able to grab a phone and hide under her desk to call 911.

Police said that as the situation progressed, the suspect also produced a knife and continued to threaten to kill the employees if they tried to leave and didn’t get the lawyer on the phone. She then forced a 54-year-old female into an office and closed the door.

The other employees then escaped. The 54-year-old female sustained serious injuries after being stabbed in the neck multiple times.

EMS took her to Chinook Regional Hospital where she was stabilized before undergoing surgery.

Police seized a knife and an Airsoft handgun at the scene.

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